Judge: Will Rule Soon On Harrrisonburg Same-Sex Case
Decision In Norfolk May Affect Whether Opinion Needed
HARRISONBURG — Given a ruling in a similar case in Norfolk, a federal judge in Harrisonburg said today he will soon rule whether a local class-action lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage requires an opinion.
Judge Michael Urbanski held a status hearing for the suit in U.S. District Court. On Aug. 1, couples Jessica Duff and Joanne Harris of Staunton and Christy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd of Winchester filed a class-action lawsuit claiming the state’s marriage ban is unconstitutional.
The lawsuit names former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, State Registrar of Vital Records Janet Rainey and Staunton Circuit Court Clerk Thomas Roberts as defendants. McDonnell is no longer a party in the suit.
Urbanski noted the “twists and turns” of the case, which is why he sought advice from attorneys on why his court still needed to act.
For more, see updated story on dnronline.com and in Thursday's print edition of the Daily News-Record.